Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 3)

THE CITY AT THREE P.M. by Peter LaSalle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"An up-and-down collection of essays on what a fiction writer does when he isn't writing fiction."
A collection of what could be called literary travel criticism. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"First-rate reporting and erudition underlie this successful effort to re-establish the reputation of an indispensable scientist."
A United States Geological Survey scientist returns with a rich account of one of his predecessors: Thomas Jaggar (1871-1953), a somewhat forgotten pioneer in volcanology. Read full book review >

WITH DOGS AT THE EDGE OF LIFE by Colin Dayan
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"Intellectually fierce reading for philosophically minded readers, especially dog lovers."
An exploration of the ways dogs help humans "reconsider the ethical life: the conscience it demands, the liabilities it incurs." Read full book review >
LINGO by Gaston Dorren
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"For linguists and readers truly thrilled by the meticulous study of languages."
Quirky facts about 60 European languages. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A thoughtfully observed travel memoir and history."
A filmmaker and writer tells the story of the historical figures and ordinary people who have attempted to "control, adapt to, or explore" the largely wild and untamed Andes cordillera. Read full book review >

GEORGE WASHINGTON WRITTEN UPON THE LAND by Philip Levy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"An esoteric book that may enlighten devotees of Fredericksburg geography and the trees that symbolize the man."
A new look at George Washington, "focusing on his poorly documented and heavily mythologized childhood years." Read full book review >
BUENOS AIRES by James Gardner
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A genial historical tour conducted by an affectionate docent with a keen eye and an admiring though sometimes-admonitory message."
A freelance journalist specializing in architecture debuts with a general architectural history of one of the world's most intriguing cities. Read full book review >
BETTER THAN FICTION 2 by Don George
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Pleasant narrative adventures for the armchair traveler."
A Lonely Planet editor's compendium of 30 travel essays by an eclectic group of contemporary fiction writers. Read full book review >
TRAVELLING TO WORK by Michael Palin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"A satisfying if sometimes-dark read for Palin's many fans. Those interested in the inner workings of showbiz will find much of value, too."
Now is the '90s of our discontent…. Read full book review >
THE RIFT by Alex Perry
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"A welcome addition to our understanding of Africa that occasionally overpromises and underdelivers."
Exploring modern Africa in all of its complexities. Read full book review >
438 DAYS by Jonathan Franklin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"Though the story is clouded with public skepticism, this is a fascinating, action-packed account of long-term survival on the open seas."
One man's grueling odyssey across the Pacific Ocean on a crippled 25-foot fishing vessel. Read full book review >
THE ART OF GRACE by Sarah L. Kaufman
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 16, 2015

"An insightful, intelligent examination of grace, which often 'seems to elude fixed meaning.'"
Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post dance critic Kaufman reflects on the meaning of grace in modern society.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >